Philadelphia Education Fund College Access Program
Facts about the College Access Program and the Philadelphia Education Fund
Who we are: The College Access Program (CAP) is a college readiness and preparatory comprehensive program funded primarily by the Department of Education and various donors. CAP provides students with the tools, resources, and exposure to the college-going process, so that ultimately, every student has a pathway to college and career.
CAP serves a cohort of high school students from five target high schools:
John Bartram High School
Kensington Creative and Performing Arts High School
Olney Charter High School
Horace Furness High School
Roxborough High School
To be eligible a student must be a citizen or national of the United States and demonstrate a desire to attend college.
Priority will be given to low-income students who are potential first-generation college students, per federal assurances.
All of our activities, services, and trips are 100% free for participating students.
The Philadelphia Education Fund also runs the city’s largest non-university scholarship program, giving away half a million dollars annually to eligible candidates. All College Access students are encouraged to submit applications for the “Last Dollar Scholarship” during 12th grade. The scholarship is renewable each year for up to six years of undergraduate study. In 2020, the maximum Last Dollar Scholarship was $7,500 per year.
Scholar success story: Maria Khan
Horace Furness HS class of 2017, Cabrini University class 2021
Biology, Pre-Med Major
3-year recipient of the Last Dollar Scholarship
3-year recipient of the Benjamin and Fredora Wolf Scholarship
Robert C. Digges Scholarship recipient
Named “Shining Star” by the Philadelphia Education Fund in 2019